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“Relax and chill out” 5 of 5 stars
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Piedra Escondida
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Km 3.5 Carretera Tulum Ruinas a Boca Paila, Tulum 77780, Mexico   |  
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Ranked #18 of 77 Hotels in Tulum
Perth
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Relax and chill out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

Stayed at Piedra Escondida (PE) in early April 2013. Was chosen based on recommendations in both Lonely Planet and on Tripadvisor. And it didnt disappoint at all. Let me just start by saying that this more of your eco/beach shack style accommodation. In no way is it a large resort style establishment. However, the food and hospitality would rival all of these larger hotels.

The hotel is located about 5 km from central Tulum along the coastal strip that runs south from the Tulum ruins. The strip is a narrow road that has a village type feel to it with many hotels, small markets and bungalow type restaurants dotted along the road. The hotel has approximately 10 rooms, either ground level of first storey. I stayed in Room 2. They are right on the beach with the surrounds all sand, no pathways so access by wheelchair would be difficult. The beach is less than 100m wide and used by two other hotels as well, with PE being in the middle and with prime location. The beach never gets crowded however as the other hotels are of similar size and there are plenty of sun-beds for all. Beach towels are provided.

The rooms have hot water (all electricity if generated by wind and solar), wifi, mozzy nets, lounge area and safes. The toilet and shower are located together in one room with the brightly tiled vanity and sink just outside and part of the larger bedroom. The rooms were cleaned daily and replenished with drinking water that could be refilled at the restaurant. Best not to drink the saltwater from the taps!!

The restaurant serves excellent authentic Mexican food. There is a full bar with cheap cocktails, coffee etc. From what I could make out the owners are Italian?

Across the road is a fantastic restaurant called Mateo's. Make sure you eat there a few times. At Mateo's there is tour booking office operated by Geoff and Kate. Be sure to book with them if you want to go to Chichen Itza or one of the many other sites. At Mateos' you can also hire bikes and ride to the Tulum ruins and into Tulum town. There is a small market across the road where you can buy everything from suncream to alcohol and all the souvenirs you desire. There are also two ATM's one dispensing pesos and the other $US. We were advised not to use these in the early morning due to "strange/bad" things?? Not sure exactly what they meant but understand that there are occasionally robberies in the local area, so carry your money and bags close at all times.

I would thoroughly recommend staying at PE if you want to enjoy a relaxing, chilled out atmosphere, although do so reluctantly as some things are best kept a secret...

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Frankfurt, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

Very nice little hotel with only 8 double rooms. Situated directly at a beautiful beach at the outskirts of Tulum you find all you need for a relaxed stay. The beach is covered with fine, white sand and nicely decorated with hammocks and beach chairs. It is circumfenced by some rocks with nice view. On one of these you can enjoy a massage (at least once is a must). The very good and affordable restaurant, which is part of the hotel, serves delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner (open from 7:00 a.m. til 10:00 p.m.). The rooms are clean and spacious. The service is great ans lovely: very helpfully (they helped us to organize our tours), friendly and attentive. Communication in English is no problem. One guy even speaks German. Just a few meters to walk you find little shops, some restaurants and a dive shop. We enjoyed our stay soooo much!! In total: no better place in Tulum - go there! If we ever return to Tulum, we will definitely do.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bath
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

We got the best room, no. 4 on the second floor, on the beach.
Its has a balcony facing the sea, with 2 comfortable chairs.
The other balcony next to the front door was large with another two wooden chairs and a hammock.
The bed was very large and comfortable with a mosquito curtain.
There is a sofa and coffee table and everything is all really nicely decorated.
The roof is straw, and was quite windy. It also rained while we were there, but we felt secure.
There is a safe in the large wardrobe if you need it.
The beach is small but ok. The sea was quite rough while we were there and I did cut my foot on a rock as I got swept along by the waves.
The breakfast was average as it tneds to be wherever we stayed, the service average although perfectly pleasant, probably better if we spoke Spanish.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

This small boutique hotel really is beautifully located on the beach. The rooms are spacious and well maintained. The service is excellent and the staff is very friendly. This is a perfect place to stay and lie in a hammock watching the waves and enjoying a fantastic mojito. The restaurant has a fantastic view on the beach and sea. A little paradise. Strongly recommended!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

The hammock, the balcony, the beach, the bar, the beautiful and large rooms. Piedra Escondida has it all. The owner was a boisterous and generous Italian man who came here and built this place years ago, I think in the 90s. Ulises makes the meanest, most delicious mojito in Tulum. All the staff were excellent and personable. The breakfasts I had here weren't my best meals in Mexico, but were by no means bad and were free with the room. The bathroom is a decent size, the shower is nice (it may flood a bit if you take a longer shower). Another great thing about this Piedra Escondida is that you feel the beach, while relatively small, is quite private. Basically only you and the other patrons of the hotel will be swimming there. This is like paradise. I can't wait to return.

Room Tip: Rooms upstairs seem a better option. More private and quiet. I think the rooms facing the beach are...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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LA, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

Tulum is full of small boutique hotels, so choosing one can be difficult. The beach community is actually larger than one might think and a car or taxi is required to move from one area to another, so choice of location can impact cost. Hotel Piedra Escondida is small, as other similar boutique hotels and shares a somewhat private beach with three similar hotels. The rooms are spacious and each had it's own porch with chairs and hammock. Mind you none has air conditioning or allow blow dryers- this is off the power grid. The top floor rooms offer beautiful views ofthe ocean and beach with the palapa-type roofs. The thatched material allows for airflow, sounds of local birds and at times, a bit of rainfall to come through, but it all added to the ambience. I might recommend #4 (I believe), the unit upstairs and closest to the beach with a large window or balcony on two sides.

Room rate includes a choice of one of three fresh, delicious breakfasts- I chose the fruit, granola and yogurt each morning with coffee and juice.

The staff throughout were more than helpful and spoke perfect English. Our flight was cancelled and they assisted us in rebooking immediately, while offering us another night's availability. They also gave insight into which restaurants they would suggest and which had been known to leave guests with a bit of stomach discomfort. Thank you all for a fabulous escape!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Alnwick, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

We had lunch here while staying at a nearby hotel, and found it friendly and with a good quality and varied menu for non meat-eaters. When we returned to Tulum later in our holiday we decided to go back, on the strength of our lunch experience, this time to stay at the hotel. We had a fantastic couple of days, rising early to watch the beautiful sunrises along with other guests. The relaxing and tasteful atmosphere was enhanced by the lack of room TVs and the sea breeze more than made up for the lack of noisy AC (and there were ceiling and freestanding fans for hotter times of year). The staff were polite, friendly and helpful, and we loved the free entertainment on Monday evening, a young French singer with a lovely voice who encourages guests to request songs from her songlist. Thank you to everyone concerned (including the room service staff who made us a delightful doll out of towels and decorated with leaves and flowers). Idyllic in every way.

Room Tip: They are all good rooms, but slightly more sun and terrace space for the ones nearest to the sea.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Km 3.5 Carretera Tulum Ruinas a Boca Paila, Tulum 77780, Mexico
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Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Tulum
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#14 On the Beach Hotel in Tulum
#15 Romantic Hotel in Tulum
#15 Family Hotel in Tulum
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Piedra Escondida 3*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Piedra Escondida is a small enchanting hotel located on a stunningly secluded beach in Tulum that offers its guests charming simplicity and breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea. There are 9 rooms decorated with local handicrafts and regional furniture all along with their private sitting area and hammock. Wi-Fi is available at no additional cost throughout the hotel. As we are dedicated to living in harmony with the surrounding area we use solar and wind energy.Air conditioning is now available during the night hours. Our cozy restaurant with a Caribbean familiar ambiance and a magnificent on-beach terrace brings to life the wonderful authentic flavors of Italy with traditional Mexican cuisine and fresh Caribbean seafood. ... more   less 
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